We all want change and change has to start from within one’s self and from the basic unit of society.
My parents Â made me feel, that I can be somebody great without compromising discipline during the stage where practical reasoning is best developed. So remarkable are the developmental years of a child at the ages 2-8 that the said age range is used to measure the rate of development of young children through GMDS 2-8 or Griffiths Mental Development Scales 2 to 8 years old.
Our society needs to make the most of those years to mold an empowered Filipino out of our children, this way more Filipinos of the now and the next generation will know how to employ critical thinking and demand what is due of them without any need for arrogance.
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Our Philippines deserves only the BEST leaders and excellent citizens!
A question just nags at me though, since a lot just doesn’t add up to my aforementioned proposal.
How can a society churn out excellent citizens if many of our parents are abroad as OFWs? Â If parents have no time to care for their children due to work or a large family? Worse, if society is plagued with delusions :
“Bishop Gilbert Garcera of the Diocese of Daet, the capital of Camarines Norte, believes overpopulation has been advantageous to the Philippines and to the world because it has increased the number of overseas workers and migrants who could send remittances back home while taking care of ageing people abroad and spreading the Christian faith.
He also said many Filipino women would make â€œgood wivesâ€ for foreigners in countries that have low population growth.“Â (source: NAGA CITY, DECEMBER 31, 2012 , INQUIRER )
That last line made me visceral thus I need to get a practical answer from those proclaiming moral ascendancy as to how they can address the fact that there is a high rate of abandoned, sold, neglected, prostituted and abused children and the high statistics for suicide in women imprisoned in a loveless marriage.
Is there a high or even a remarkable number of outreach graduates from the many sectarian schools that abound?
How many sectarian institutions offer support to the abused women and children? To products of broken homes?
Do we really want a Philippines where mothers and fathers leave their families as OFWs?Â Is the Bishop even aware how many families get broken because of this needed Exodus?
How many OFWs go home as a frozen corpse or imprisoned in a foreign prison and raped? How many OFWs shiver during the winter at embassies and consulates because they had to escape an abusive employer or the police?
I need to get their advise based on critical thinking, Â as to how would such incidents as the ones I personally know about, can be addressed.
If an educated and wedded mother found it in her to abandon her newborn, how far worse could the similar situation be for the unwed and the raped? How many more news of abandoned babies, dumped fetuses, street urchin strewn areas and bloating orphanages are we going to dodge?Â (from “Unwanted” fromÂ Chapter 2 of my book “The Dove Files“)
“Baby M is a six-month old child abuse victim. He was battered by his paternal grandparents. His father is in jail. The maternal grandparents dont want to have anything to do with their family. Â His mother and siblings have no support system to speak of. They are wholly dependent on the Social Services Division of PGH. But their problem is when Baby M is discharged from the hospital. The kids have no place to stay while their mother works. This baby is a fighter. We admitted him at the Post-Anesthesia CAre unit intubated – he needed mechanical ventilatory assistance (respirator) to breathe. But after a few hours his frail body urged itself to fight and live. (from “A cartoon for a childhood lost”Â Â fromÂ Chapter 2 of my book “The Dove Files“)
How many more? I don’t want to read the classic, “it’s the cross they have to bear”. As far I know, my Lord Jesus Christ did that for us and died on the cross for us, and I dare not insult that ultimate manifestation of God’s love with any person’s sacrifices.Â “…Our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment” (Isaiah 64:6), right?
If one is really so morally upright, how can they turn a blind eye to the facts, and discount the protection that laws can provide?
I do hope the morally ascended are not taking God’s name in vain and are using Holy words to propagate a culture of impunity and apathy.
Having a religion isn’t the same as having faith and being spiritual. Faith is not a religion but a lifestyle. One can go to church or a mosque but leaves, as one came. Nothing was uplifted, nothing was learned, worse nothing understood.
It is clearly seen in how a self proclaimed “believer” condescend and persecute. There is hubris born out of pride, very off tangent to the teachings of Jesus, about humility, understanding, sympathy and unconditional love.
Will such inspire genuine change?
There is no religious, political or economic solution to a spiritual problem.
Mike is the author of “Minsan may Isang Puta”, an allegory which has been circulating since 2004 and with over 50,000 likes and shares in social media alone. It won a film grant in 2010 to be included in the multi-narrative Indie film “Ganap na Babae” (International title: Garden of Eve). The teaser, reviews and commentaries are here. The movie was honored as Cinemalaya 2010’s opening film and has won international and local recognition.
The royalties from the initial 150 copies of Mike’s first sole-authored book, The Dove Files, went to a Project Malasakit scholar who graduated Cum Laude in April 2013, the rest was also paid forward to baby Mark who underwent a liver transplant in March 2013.
Part of the royalties of the “Minsan may Isang Puta” book at Barnes and Noble Online goes to support the education of a young Yolanda survivor taking up B.S. Accounting at U.P. Tacloban.